Levy Matching Service


Tees Valley’s Apprenticeship Levy Matching service will facilitate funding transfers to create more apprenticeship opportunities and develop the region’s talent pipeline.  

By acting as an intermediary, we will match levy paying companies who want to transfer their unspent funds with local businesses to cover their apprenticeship training and assessment costs*. 

What is the apprenticeship levy? 

A UK tax on employers which is used to fund apprenticeship training. It is payable by all employers with an annual pay bill of more than £3million at a rate of 0.5% of their total pay bill.  

Large employers who pay the apprenticeship levy can transfer up to 25% of their unspent funds to another non-levy paying businesses to pay for their apprenticeship training and assessment costs. 

A transfer covers 100% of the training costs of the apprenticeship standard and avoids smaller businesses paying the 5% contribution towards the training.  

Visit GOV.UK to find out more. 

What is the Apprenticeship Levy Matching Service?

A free service to help match levy payers who want to transfer unspent funds with other local Tees Valley businesses who are looking to take on apprentices.  

If you are a business that is looking for support to fund your apprenticeship training, we can help match you with a donor company. We will also provide high quality advice and apprenticeship support.

Why transfer apprenticeship levy funds? 

It is a way to support other Tees Valley businesses and local communities. By donating your unspent levy to businesses who may not be able to afford the employer contribution for apprenticeship costs, you will remove this barrier and support the creation of valuable training and employment opportunities for local people.

You can choose which sectors, skills, or local areas you’d like to support with your transfer. For example, you could fund engineering apprenticeships across the region, or you could choose to support digital apprenticeships in a specific town. 

*Business will need to meet specific criteria and registering for the levy transfer matching service does not guarantee that a match will be found, or that funding will be secured.

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